No fewer than 27 people have been infected with Lassa Fever in Kogi State, the Nigeria Medical Association of Nigeria (NMA) said on Thursday.
The NMA said the cases were spread across nine Local Government Areas in the state.
The NMA Chairman in Kogi, Dr Kabiru Zubair, in a statement on Thursday, said the details were reported by the state epidemiologist.
According to him, no case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the State as of March 25, 2020.
The association noted that though Kogi has not recorded any case of COVID-19, it is bordered by 10 states and FCT as well as serve as a major transit point between the North and Southern States, and thus vulnerable.
Zubair advised the state and federal governments to continue to do more with respect to preventive measures, noting that the healthcare system was too fragile to withstand major outbreaks of infections as caused by COVID-19.
He urged the state government to improve her level of preparedness as no state was immune to the dreaded disease, adding that the proposed isolation centre should be urgently put in place and equipped with relevant medical gadgets such as ventilators.
He stressed that Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) should be made available to healthcare workers while urging the state to set up and train a management team that could be confident in handling cases of COVID-19.
He commended Kogi Government’s efforts in managing cases of Lassa fever patients at the state’s treatment centre in Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja.
He also praised the government for the ongoing sensitization on preventive measures against lassa fever and the novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) across the state.
”The NMA in Kogi in line with directive from her national body hereby issue a press statement in respect of the ongoing containment exercise of the dual outbreak of infections cause by Lassa Fever virus and Coronavirus.
”This is especially important because of increasing incidence of Lassa fever cases reported in Kogi as well as the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our neighbouring States.
”So far, 27 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever disease from nine local government areas have been reported by the state epidemiologist. However, no case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the State as at March 25, 2020.
”The NMA wishes to commend the effort of the Kogi Government so far with respect to case management of Lassa Fever Patients at the treatment centre in Kogi Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, as well as the ongoing sensitization on preventive measures against it.
”The NMA is aware of some proactive measures taken by Kogi Government so far, such as shutting down of schools and public gathering with effect from March 23, and the ongoing sensitisation of the general public on preventive measures against the scourge,” he said.
Zubair also used the opportunity to remind the Kogi Government on the need to implement corrected CONMESS for state doctors as well increase the hazard allowance of healthcare workers in order to attract and keep them.
”On a final note, the NMA wishes to urge all her members as well as the general public to heed the advice of the government and healthcare providers on all the preventive measures,” Zubair said.
VSF supports Edo IDPs with COVID-19 palliatives
The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has supported the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable Nigerians in Edo State with palliatives to help cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The VSF Team was led by the Chairperson of the VSF Task Force on COVID-19, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji who was in the company of the Edo State government that was ably represented by the wife of the Edo State Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki.
This comes as the country battles over 8700 cases of the respiratory illness that has affected economies across the globe, including that of Nigeria.
MyNigeria.com reports that the VSF palliative was in the form of 200 bags set that contained 10kg of rice, 10kg of beans, 10kg of garri, 4kg of vegetable oil and 2 small packets of salt per bag.
During the course of delivery of the items, additional bags of foodstuff were added to the initial amount by compassionate officials of VSF to the amazement IDPs Camp Uhogua.
Speaking on behalf of the management team of the camp, Coordinator of International Christian Centre (ICCM) and Coordinator of the Camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho said the VSF is Godsent for coming at this very critical time.
He said the lockdown caused by Covid-19 has impacted negatively on the welfare of the residents of the Camp.
The visit to the IDPs Camp Uhogua was a response to an “SOS correspondence they recently received from CSED (Community Sport and Educational Development)” and the VSF intends to visit most states in Nigeria.
According to reports, the current cost of preparing a meal for the four thousand five hundred and seventy-five residents of the Camp is about three hundred thousand naira.
National Coordinator of CSED, Mr Edema Fuludu said that they were forced to reach out to VSF and other bodies having seen the plight of the people, though the CSED work is mainly sport/educational intervention.
“We cannot afford to walk on by when the children/youths we work with are in dire needs of food and basic daily necessities,” Mr Fuludu said.
Mr Fuludu urged public-spirited individuals, corporate organisations and NGOs to continue to provide palliatives to the IDPs and other needy members of the society, as this is the only way they (vulnerable Nigerians) can survive the hunger and social isolation that has been induced by Covid-19.
He noted that “every effort put in touching the vulnerable in the society is the rent we pay to God for allowing us to live on planet earth.”
COVID-19 restrictions: FCTA shuts bars, arrests violators
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial Task-team on the Enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions has arrested eight persons, some of who impersonated army officers, for violating the 8 pm to 6 am curfew order by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The violators who were arrested at Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji Districts of the FCT are to be arraigned before the Mobile Court.
Some of those arrested were in drinking bars and gardens, while a tricycle operator and a commercial motorcyclist were arrested for operating during the curfew hours.
At Second Gate, Dutse-Alhaji, the team accosted the operator of a drinking bar who claimed to be a soldier but upon interrogation, he admitted that he lied in order to evade arrest.
He disclosed that he is a Chef who closes late from work and not military personnel as claimed.
At Dutse Makaranta, the team shut a beer parlour which was fully in operation a few minutes after 10 pm.
The manager of the place also claimed that it is owned by a serving Major in the Nigerian Army, saying they decided to operate into the curfew hours because of the occupation of the owner.
Addressing journalists after the night operation, Chairman of the Task Team, Ikharo Attah, however, noted that the compliance level in Kubwa and Dutse area is very high.
“Unlike Lugbe where we went a few days ago, most of the known nightclubs and bars in Kubwa and Dutse-Alhaji are closed. Vehicular movement is very few and made up largely of those on the exemption list,” he stated.
Attah decried “the level at which some residents of Dutse Alhaji and Makaranta parade themselves as military personnel even when they are not”.
He said; “The Chef claimed to be a soldier while the beer parlour Manager said the place belongs to a Major in the Army. This must stop forthwith. People should not drag the name and image of the military in the mud.”
The Task team Chairman also lamented that; “Despite the high level of compliance in these areas, very few persons still seem not to fully understand the purpose of the curfew.
Imagine the lady we met who claimed she was going to visit her friend after 9 pm during the curfew. Also surprising this night were the two bricklayers we caught who were returning from Bauchi state despite the interstate travel ban and were going home to Bwari town.
We still keep appealing to other Enforcement officers across the country to close ranks and halt the interstate travelling which seems to be going on massively despite the Presidential ban.”
Buhari congratulates Masari at 70
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Katsina State Governor, Rt. Hon. Bello Masari, as he clocked 70.
The President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, commended Governor Masari for his services to Nigeria over the years, especially his days as a federal legislator.
He also commended him for the investments that his administration had made into the Education sector in Katsina State, which had given particularly focus to the girl-child education.
“President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State on his 70th birthday, May 29, 2020, joining the State Executive Council, members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and citizens in celebrating the milestone.
“President Buhari affirms that Governor Masari, who served the country for many years as a legislator and rising to be Speaker of the House of Representatives, 2003-2007, has a remarkable and credible record of simplicity and humility in public service, with a proclivity for bringing harmony and stability into governance.
“The President commends the governor’s stride of revamping and repositioning the educational sector in Katsina State, with focus on the girl-child and almajiri, boosting infrastructure and health care services by initiating an upgrade and expansion of all General Hospitals, and other centres.
“President Buhari believes Governor Masari’s visionary and accommodating leadership style, wealth of experience and penchant for seeking greater good for his people and the country, greatly reflects on his recognition and achievements, and deserves commendation, especially his loyalty to the governing party and support for elected officials.
“The President felicitates with family members, friends and political associates of the governor on the auspicious occasion, praying that the almighty God will grant him longer life, good health and wisdom to keep serving his people and the country”, the statement said.
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